Rafa makes hard court return

Rafael Nadal returned to hard court for the first time in 346 days on Saturday as he defeated American Ryan Harrison 7-6(3), 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

2013 BNP Paribas Open - Day 4

“I am satisfied to be in the next round. That’s the most important thing. Two weeks ago, I didn’t really know if I would be here playing. I am happy to be here. I am happy to be in the third round. It was a good victory for me today against a good opponent.”

“My physical performance needs to improve. My movement needs to improve. Matches like this help me. Any victory is important for me because that gives me the chance to play another day. That’s what I need, to play matches. I need to compete.”

In Monday’s third round match, Rafael Nadal will play  Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.

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3 comments

  1. Rafa am your biggest Fan for ever..I miss not seen you on the court..it was to long.I watch your match last night I was not worried …you are so smart ..and you always come up with the most Amazing return .or one of your great service..Hope you stay healthy so we can have you for many years .and most of all Tennis needs you..you are the most exciting player that ever step foot on a Tennis Court..and so Humble !!!

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